"CORDES EN FOLIE" >Page 1, 2,3, 4Musical Instruments and Styles Paula: Pierre, you play the hurdy gurdy. What exactly is a hurdy gurdy? Pierre: The French name is the vielle, because hurdy gurdy is also the name of an organ and people get very confused. Itís a string instrument about a thousand years old, which first appeared in France and Spain. Basically itís a string instrument with a lute or guitar body shape with a keyboard, a wooden wheel, which is the bow of the instrument which you turn with a wooden crank, and thereís different types of strings like melodic strings and others that are drones giving a continuous bass, and a special rhythm string as well. Itís a kind of acoustic synthesizer in a way because you can play all the registers like melody, harmony, and rhythm. André: A one-man orchestra! [laughing] Paula: And Andre, you have a background in flamenco? André: Yes, I played flamenco guitar for many years. I still do; I was just involved in a few flamenco shows in Vancouver, so I have a strong interest there. I play also the oud which is a Middle Eastern lute so I played with some Middle Eastern bands in Montreal, and I played percussion in others so I am involved in other groups playing different instruments but those are definitely my strongest points. Paula: Steve, how did you become involved with Cordes en Folie? Steve: My background before that was mostly alternative pop. I played with bands in Vancouver like Bobís Your Uncle and Red Herring. Paula: Itís an interesting leap that youíve made. Steve: I just felt I had to move from drum kit into more expanding kinds of stuff. I saw Andre play one night and I thought ĎThis is great; this is exactly what I am looking for,í and started to study with him and continued listening to North African, Arabic, and all kinds of Middle Eastern stuff. Paula: Do you have a previous background in Middle Eastern percussion? Steve: I started studying Middle Eastern rhythms about seven years ago. I also grew up in a musical environment; my grandfather was a violin player playing Hungarian gypsy music, so I was always into that sound of the east which I really liked, so it was natural to graduate from drum kit to doumbek or darbuka.
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